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12:06 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Theater Talk: "Blood Type: Ragu" opens at the Smith

While the first round of plays for most theaters are winding down, and before the next cycle, there is still plenty of theater.  And coming up, "Ain't Misbehavin'" at Musicalfare and "The Children's Hour" at New Phoenix Theater, which offers a very intimate experience.  "Blood Type: Ragu" is at the Smith, and is all about growing up Italian.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Theater Talk remembers Marian Seldes

The lights on Broadway dimmed for star of stage, film, radio and television, Marion Seldes, best known for her work in the plays of Edward Albee. Seldes died Monday at 86 after six decades of "ruling" Broadway with her regal presence. 

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Art/Theater
1:15 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Shea’s hits all-time record for season ticket sales

Shea's Performing Arts Center, Main Street, Buffalo, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Shea’s Performing Arts Center has set an all-time record for season tickets sold at the downtown theater.  13,644 season tickets have been sold for the new season that kicks off this week.  That includes more than 2,950 new season tickets.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Theater Talk: 'All Quiet' tells a dark story with power and grace

Most of the Curtain Up! plays continue into October, including "All Quiet on the Western Front" at the New Phoenix Theater on Johnson Park in Buffalo, part of the international 100-year look back at World War I.  This sad story of young Germans who volunteer together is told with power and grace and is enhanced by the puppetry of Michele Costa.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Theater Talk remembers Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen died last Saturday at the age of 84.
Credit Public Domain

Stage and screen star Polly Bergen passed away last Saturday at the age of 84. Nominated for a Golden Globe, a Tony, and multiple Emmy awards (she won for "The Helen Morgan Story"), she might be best remembered for her appearances on the television game show "To Tell the Truth."

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Art/Theater
6:32 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Glee star to kick off BPO Pops series

Matthew Morrison will open BPO Pops Concert Series

A pop culture celebrity from television and Broadway will open the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra pops concert series this Saturday at Klenihans Music Hall.  Singer, actor and dancer Matthew Morrison -- one of the star's of "Glee" -- will make his debut with the BPO.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Morrison ahead of this weekend's Buffalo appearance.

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Art/Theater
11:20 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Revitalized downtown a boost for Curtain Up!

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Since several theaters have already opened up their schedules, tonight's Curtain Up! isn't truly the beginning of the theater season, but it will be a great party anyway.

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Art/Theater
7:26 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Theater Talk: 'Over the Tavern' is back for Curtain Up!

After 20 years, Buffalo playwright Tom Dudzik's "Over the Tavern" continues to delight audiences, this time at the Kavinoky Theater through October 5. Set in 1959, the story of 12 year-old Rudy who goes "knuckle to ruler" with his teacher, Sister Clarissa, has been tightened up a bit, but all of the familiar cultural references remain intact.

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Art/Theater
8:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

'Rob Ford The Musical' takes the stage in Toronto

Sheldon Bergstrom stars as Rob Ford in a musical about to hit the stage in Toronto.
Credit robfordmusical.ca

One of the most watched municipal election campaigns in North America is underway. Residents of Toronto vote next month and, already, it has been a political roller coaster. The main player in the drama is the subject of a new theatrical production that is about to hit the stage.

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Art/Theater
9:38 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Free admission offered for Museum Day

Mayor Byron Brown announced the creation of Museum Day Live! in the city of Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new initiative will allow the public to visit area museums and cultural institutions for free. The event called Museum Day Live! will take place on September 27.

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Art/Theater
9:30 am
Fri September 12, 2014

With Market Arcade sale, Road Less Traveled needs new home

A local theater company will be pushed out of the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, with the city's sale of the multiple-screen and fiscally-troubled movie complex to Benchmark Group.

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Art/Theater
9:12 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Theater Talk: Full houses expected for Curtain Up!

Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase will be the emcee at this year's Curtain Up! gala dinner at Shea's Performing Arts Center next Friday, September 19. While the dinner always sells out, the local theater productions themselves sell out even faster. 

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Art/Theater
8:40 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Theater Talk: Joan Rivers remembered

Millions have enjoyed the comedy of Joan Rivers for decades on television, but comedy was only intended to support her while she launched her Broadway career. Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81. Anthony Chase recalls seeing her on Broadway, as well as many local stages.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Theater Talk...or is it Theatre Talk?

On the eve of Labor Day, Peter and Anthony discuss the Astor Place Riot of 1849, which stemmed from a theatrical rivalry. 

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Theater Talk: Fall delights at the Shaw Festival

Anyone who experienced Bruce Norris's riveting "Clybourne Park" at 710 Main Theatre, a Road Less Traveled production, will be interested to know that Norris's play "Qualms," currently in Chicago, continues the tradition of making audiences uncomfortable. 

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Art/Theater
1:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Torn Space Theater brings 'STOREHOUSE' to Silo City

Writer/director Dan Shanahan adds boxing to the many elements utilized in his production of "STONEHOUSE."
Credit Photo by Jay Moran/wbfo news

Accolades and large crowds accompanied "Motion Picture," the site-specific piece produced for Silo City in 2013 by Torn Space Theater. Producers hope to replicate that success this weekend with "STOREHOUSE."

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Art/Theater
4:45 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Theater Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall

Twice this week, the lights on Broadway were dimmed, a custom that honors the passing of a major star. Though best known for their work in film, Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams had strong ties to the stage. Anthony Chase and Peter Hall discuss their contributions in this week's Theater Talk.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Theater Talk: Chita Rivera, still a star at 81

On this week's Theater Talk, Anthony and new co-host Peter Hall talk about the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Anthony says the audience was so moved by legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera's dancing that many openly wept. Also, it looks like Kander and Ebb's final musical The Visit might make it to Broadway after 11 years.

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Art/Theater
7:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Stratford actor Jonathan Goad tackles two Shakespeare classics

Jonathan Goad stars in two Shakespeare plays at Stratford this year.
Credit stratfordfestival.ca

For the Stratford Festival this season, actor Jonathan Goad is starring as the Earl of Kent in King Lear and Titania/Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Theater Talk: Shakespeare, Mary Poppins, The Master Builder

Gabe and Tony discuss the history of Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, Mary Poppins opening at ArtPark, and a staged reading of Ibsen's The Master Builder.  Tony also reviews Poseidon!  An Upside Down Musical.


Art/Theater
7:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Theater Talk: RIP Elaine Stritch and summer theater

On this week's Theater Talk, Gabe DiMaio and Anthony Chase discuss the death of theater legend Elaine Stritch.

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Art/Theater
10:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Theater Talk: Infringement Festival shows and more

On this week's Theater Talk, Gabe and Anthony talk about The May Queen at Chautauqua Theater Company, The Local One Act Showcase at American Repertory Theatre, Hecuba Again at Albert Invincible Theatre, Detour at Torn Space Theater, The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and Poseidon: An Upside Down Musical at Alleyway Theatre.

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Art/Theater
6:45 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Actor William Fichtner reflects on career success

Actor William Fichtner with WBFO Blues host Pat Feldballe
Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

There exists quite a list of people who have called Western New York home and gone on to success in Hollywood. Among them is William Fichtner, who recently played Butch Cavendish, the nasty villain in the 2013 film The Lone Ranger.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Theater Talk: The joys of smaller productions

Theater Talk host Anthony Chase & WBFO'S Gabe DiMaio bring you the weekly theater roundup!
Credit WBFO News photo

This week on Theater Talk, Gabe and Tony discuss smaller productions and the the role that they play in the theater-going experience.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Theater Talk: 'Menopause The Musical' & 'Side by Side by Sondheim'

On this week's edition of Theater Talk, Gabe and Anthony talk about Menopause The Musical, Side by Side by Sondheim, and the death of Mary Rodgers.

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Theater Talk
7:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Theater Talk: Henry V, Assassins, and Raisin in the Sun

Theater critic Anthony Chase reviews the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Henry V."

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Theater Talk: Shakespeare in the Park's Henry V

Theater Critic Anthony Chase and WBFO's Gabe DiMaio preview the Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry V.

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Theater Talk
9:48 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Theater Talk: Tony on the Tonys

Theater critic Anthony Chase reviews the Tony Awards as he joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio for this week's Theater Talk.

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Art/Theater
11:12 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Shakespeare in Delaware Park prepares for 39th season!

Preparing for teh 39th season of Shakespeare at Delaware Park
WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Preparations for a brand new season of Shakespeare in Delaware Park were underway Tuesday night. Actors were on stage preparing to open Shakespeare's Henry V in eight days and soon another summer of free theater will be underway in Buffalo.

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Art/Theater
9:39 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Ukrainian guitarist wins 2014 JoAnn Falletta Competition

23-year-old Marko Topchii, from Ukraine, celebrates his win of the 2014 JoAnn Falletta Competition.
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

A classical guitarist from Ukraine captured the top prizes in the sixth biennial JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.  23-year-old Marko Topchii won the final round performing Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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